"Lumikki ja kääpiöitä" by Franz Jüttnerin

Meaning: “Snow White”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: LOW-mick-kee
Origin: Finnish
Other forms of the name: Lumi

Snow White would be a pretty heavy name to carry, but could this Finnish alternative catch on?

Lumikki is a form of the Finnish word lumi which means “snow”. It is the Finnish name for Snow White, the famous princess who is getting lots of recognition lately. On TV right now there is “Once Upon a Time” which stars Snow White as one of the main characters, and there are two new films set to come out, one starring “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart as Snow and the other starring the lovely new starlet Lily Collins.

The original story goes something like this:

Once upon a time during midwinter, when snow was falling like feathers from the heavens, a beautiful queen sat by her window which’s frame was made of ebony, sewing. While looking at the snowflakes she pricked her finger and three drops of blood fell into the snow. It looked so beautiful she said, “If only I had a child white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as this frame.” Soon afterwards she had a daughter as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony wood, so they named her Snow White.

The Queen was a very beautiful woman, the most beautiful one in the land, and she was very proud of this beauty. She had a mirror that she would stand in front of every morning and ask:

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?”

And the mirror always replied:

“You, my queen, are fairest of all.”

So of course she knew that no one else in all the world was more lovely than she. Soon though, Snow White turned seven and she was already more beautiful than the Queen. One day, like routine, the Queen asked the mirror the question she always did, but this time was different. This time the mirror replied:

“You, my queen, are fair; it is true.
But little Snow White is still
A thousand times fairer than you”

The Queen turned pale with envy and from that moment on she hated Snow White. One day she summoned a huntsman to kill Snow White, to take her into the woods into a remote spot and cut out her lungs and liver as proof.  The huntsman took Snow White into the woods and as he drew his knife, Snow White began to cry and he took pity on her. He assumed that the animals would eat her soon enough. He cut out the lungs and liver of a nearby boar and took it to the Queen who salted them and ate them.

Snow White was very afraid and began to run through the woods. Right before the sun set she came across a little house with seven little beds in it, all freshly made. She was hungry so she ate a few vegetables and bread and drank a little wine.

After testing each little bed she finally found one she liked and went to sleep. The next day the dwarves found her and said, “Good heavens! Good heavens! She is so beautiful!” They did not wake her and when she finally awoke they asked her who she was. Snow White told them everything that had happened, and feeling pity for her they said, “If you will keep house for us, and cook, sew, make beds, wash, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay here, and you’ll have everything that you want. We come home in the evening, and supper must be ready by then, but we spend the days digging for gold in the mine. You will be alone then. Watch out for the queen, and do not let anyone in.”

Now that the Queen thought that Snow White was dead she asked her mirror:

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?”

And the mirror said:

“You, my queen, are fair; it is true.
But Snow White beyond the seven mountains
Is a thousand times fairer than you.”

The Queen turned pale with envy and planned how to kill Snow White. She decided she would dress as an old peddler and went to the dwarves’ house and knocked on the door, saying, “Open up. Open up. I am the old peddler woman with good wares for sale.”

Now you may know that she offered her an apple, but the Queen did more than that. She first sold bodice laces to Snow White and laced them up so tightly that she passed out. The Queen thought she was dead so she left. When the dwarves found her they were scared she was dead, but they noticed how tightly the bodice was laced so they cut the laces allowing Snow White to breathe again. The dwarves told her that she shouldn’t let anybody into the house ever again.

The Queen then asked the mirror who was the fairest and it said Snow White once again. So the Queen returned with a posioned comb and although Snow White was not allowed to let anybody in, when she saw how the comb glistened, she let her in. The Queen convinced her into letting her comb her hair, and as soon as she put it in Snow White’s hair the girl fell dead to the floor. The dwarves once again returned and took the comb from her hair, bringing her back to life.

And one last time the Queen returned with a poisoned apple after talking with the mirror. Snow White said that she was not allowed to take anything but the Queen cut the apple in half and ate one half to show it was harmless. Only the red half of the apple was poisoned. Snow White bit the apple and died instantly.

So the Queen returned home once again and asked her mirror if she was the fairest, and this time it replied:

“You, my queen, are fairest of all.”

The dwarves returned and could find no way to bring her back to life and they cried for three days. They wanted to bury her but she stayed beautiful like a living person, with bright red cheeks. They laid her in a glass coffin they made and wrote her name and ancestry on it with gold letters; one dwarf always stayed by the coffin.

For a long time she lay in the coffin, yet she never decayed. One day a handsome prince found her and seeing she was the daughter of a King he offered to pay the dwarves if he could have her. They declined but after the prince told them how beautiful he thought she was and how he could not live without her they agreed that he could take her with him.

The prince never took his eyes off of her and when he wasn’t near her he was sad. Eventually the servants were sick of carrying the coffin around, one said, “We are plagued the whole day long, just because of such a dead girl,” and he slapped her on the back and the piece of apple that had poisoned her flew out of her mouth and brought her back to life.

So they fell in love and had a wedding, inviting the Queen to it. They put a pair of iron shoes over a fire until the glowed and made her dance in them until she could dance no more and died.